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Wednesday February 21, 2018

Police rescues tourist kayakers from Wellington Harbour A group of passengers from the cruise ship Noordam have been rescued from Wellington Harbour last Thursday after their kayaking trip went wrong. The eight tourists were on a guided return kayak trip to Somes Island. The group reached the island safely in the morning however their return journey was thwarted by a strong head wind. A Department of Conservation ranger at Somes Island called police when he became

concerned by the conditions the paddlers were heading into. He kept the police launch crew up to date with the location of the group as the rescue unfolded. An elderly male and female from the group were rescued from the water by officers on the police launch Lady Elizabeth IV. One of those pulled from the water was suffering from mild hypothermia and was treated by police staff before being transferred into the care

of medical staff on board the cruise ship. An outbound Bluebridge ferry was diverted off its course to avoid members of the group as they were being rescued. The other six members of the kayak ing group, who were unfamiliar with the area, were scattered across the main shipping channel, coming ashore at Kau Bay and Mahanga Bay on the Miramar Peninsula. Some capsized as they approached the shore but none of the group required medical

treatment. Senior Constable Paul Curd says the incident is a reminder that everyone taking to the water should check the marine forecast, carry communications and have a backup plan as conditions can change quickly. When heading out it is also important to tell someone about your trip, where you are going and when you will be back. The incident has been referred to Maritime New Zealand.

Top marks for local student shows promise for future By Julia Czerwonatis

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A Karori student has proven to be truly biology-savvy after reaching the top results in New Zealand as part of an international assessment programme. Last year, Anjali Gentejohann from Samuel Marsden Collegiate added biology classes designed by Cambridge International to her schedule to gain more in-depth knowledge of biology. Now she finally received the results from the exam she sat as part of the programme, and with 94 percent Anjali reached the top mark in the country. “I was quite happy to hear it but also a bit surprised,” Anjali says. “I’ve always liked science. At NCEA level 2, biology becomes its own subject, and that’s when I really picked it up,” she explains. The year 13 student is specifically interested in human biology, and while it’s still “a big if”, Anjali says, she would love to study medicine. To get accepted into the med school of the University of Otago, students first have to take a course called Health Sciences First Year which Anjali will join once she has finished high school.

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inbrief news Te Reo Maori afterschool group A new group at the Newlands Community Centre, Te Mahuri, provides tamariki and their whanau with opportunities to extend their knowledge of te reo Maori in a relaxed and fun environment. They will learn and practise the language through games, waiata and activities with their peers and kaiarahi. Families are expected to participate in the group with their tamariki and everyone is asked to use as much te reo Maori as they can during the session. The group  runs on Thursday afternoons in term time, 3.30-4.30pm.

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“The Cambridge results are a promising start, and I’m excited to see what happens after school,” she says. Roger Franklin-Smith, Cambridge International’s manager for Australasia, says Anjali’s results will give a good head-start for her academic training. “Students like Anjali work really hard. We don’t only want to celebrate their marks but their achievement of learning and the new understanding of a subject that they gained,” Roger says. Anjali’s fellow students from year 11 to 13 also had reason to celebrate after receiving their 2017 stellar NCEA results. Marsden level 1 reached 100 percent, level 2 reached 96 percent, and level 3 a total of 97 percent – all above national standard for decile eight to 10 schools. “I am very proud of the success of our students and the support provided by our dedicated staff who guide them to achieve such outstanding results,” principal Narelle Umbers says. “We wish our 2017 school leavers all the best for their journeys beyond school and for their start at university this year.”

Newlands Community Centre will offer a number of heartbeat workshops this year with both morning and evening sessions. The first one is on Tuesday, February 27, at 10.30am. Book via newlandscommunitycentre@wcc.govt.nz or 04-477 3724. Heartbeat training is a fun, interactive session giving you the basic skills which could help save a life in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. The workshop takes about 60-90 minutes, and is run by Wellington Free Ambulance. The training is free, but koha to support WFA’s work is appreciated.

Good in the Hood Groups doing good for people or the environment in the Wellington area can now apply to be part of Z Energy’s 2018 Good in the Hood community fundraising programme which will see every Z station giving away $4000. Customers will determine what percentage of the funding goes to each group by voting with an orange token every time they shop at Z this May. Groups can enter online at z.co.nz/ goodinthehood and are invited to pop in and introduce themselves to staff at the local station. Applications close on February 28. Local Z stations can be found in Johnsonville, Crofton Downs and Pipitea.

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